Date: 11th October 2008 at 3:11pm
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Martin O’Neill has hit out at the talk of a five year plan to get to the Champions League.

The press and fans have picked up on this five year plan thing, I can’t remember if it was former CEO Richard FitzGerald or our very own non exec director General Krulak who first mentioned it, but it wasn’t in relation to the playing side, it was just about the business plan and the resurrection of Aston Villa as a whole. Then poeple latched onto it as some sort of time scale to win the Premier League or qualify for the Champions League.

The Villa boss told the Express and Star:

‘I think that’s very loose, I don’t go along with it and there’s no such thing. It’s a nonsense for a manager. If you go back to Bill Shankly, it might have crossed his mind but he wouldn’t have believed it back then. Can you imagine it in this modern-day now?’

Adding, ‘I heard Juande Ramos on Thursday saying ‘I win two games and I am the best manager in the world, I lose two and I will get the sack’.’

He also says to the paper that it is impossible to assess where Villa will finish the season just yet:

‘We need our players to stay fit, that’s where the big sides can compensate. They can bring in the players. Chelsea have injury worries at the moment but I knew they would put out a physically strong side. That’s where we are behind at the moment.’